the nfl and the referees' union finally reach a deal on a new contract... an agreement that couldn't come soon enough for fans, players, and coaches. the two sides announced the agreement shortly after midnight... ending a lockout that began in june. here are some of the highlights of the deal: salary raises from an average of 205,000 by 2019. remain in place for current officials through the 2016 season or until a ref earns 20 years of service, then the plan will be frozen. after that, the league will offer a 401-k type benefit. the agreement will be good for eight years. the union's 121 members will vote on friday and saturday. well-known and well-buffed referee ed hochuli says he started doing pushups once he heard about the deal. the organizers of the world cup are trying to figure out what to do when the soccer tournament moves to the persian gulf. the world cup will be played in qatar in 2022. it's usually played in june and july ... but organizers are concerned about the oppressive heat that time of year. moving it to later in the year could disrupt soccer leagues in several countries ... and moving it up could conflict with the winter olympics. the head of europe's soccer committee says the world cup could be moved to november or december with minimal impact on the other soccer leagues.